Kidman is on a roll. The best thing about it is that she's not
merely spinning, building up the same character like a
snowball. She's gone from musical maven to scared spooky-woman
right to sexy Russian mail-order bride. Somehow, they all
The first thing that you need to know about this film is that
if you've seen the preview, you know what it's all about. It's
a character drama with some predictable but not disappointing
plot twists. It's set in England and deals with a lonely man
who seeks a fiancÚ through an international Internet
database. She arrives, not speaking English. He's put out.
They get it on. A lot. More accurately, she seduces him. He's
not so put out anymore. Her friends from Russia show up, and
everything goes to hell.
This is a drama but some moments are hilarious. The characters
are steady and well-maintained throughout. They grow but do
not morph. They let us into their world. We know who to root
for and have no problems doing it.
"Birthday Girl" presents a quirky ride to a
satisfying destination. The cake is not sugary, but this film
is reason to celebrate.
( 3 out of 4 pops )
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